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SoftBank-backed software startup Improbable has a new chief financial officer

SoftBank-backed software startup Improbable has hired a new chief financial officer, the company announced Tuesday. Business Insider earlier reported that the company had lost a crop of senior staff in 2019, including its former CFO. Dan Odell joined UK-headquartered Improbable in January, after 15 years at Disney, and will be responsible for mapping out the firm's financial path to growth. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. SoftBank-backed software startup Improbable has hir...
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10 things in tech you need to know today

Good morning! This is the tech news you need to know this Thursday. The head of SoftBank's $100 billion Vision Fund reportedly tried to lure another company executive into a sexual "honey trap" to collect blackmail and secure his rise to CEO. A Wall Street Journal report said Rajeev Misra had a "dark-arts campaign" to sabotage two other SoftBank executives in the years leading up to his promotion to CEO of SoftBank's investing arm in 2017 — but Misra and SoftBank deny the report. Microsoft sai...
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Amazon's cashierless grocery store cameras were fooled by a trickster's wardrobe change — but he still got charged for an avocado left by the bathroom (AMZN)

Amazon recently opened its first cashierless grocery store in Seattle, which uses cameras, sensors, and artificial intelligence to identify which items customers buy. A journalist from Ars Technica tried to trick the cameras and see if he could nab some items without them noticing. After ducking into a bathroom and putting on a jacket, he said he ended up not getting charged for several items. But even Amazon is possessive of its avocados: It charged him for one he left outside the bathroom. T...
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A Wall Street analyst predicts that former Salesforce co-CEO Keith Block could end up at Workday, Amazon Web Services, or Oracle (ORCL, CRM)

Salesforce co-CEO Keith Block is leaving the company, after just a year and half after ascending to the role. Analysts at RBC Capital Markets think Workday, Oracle or Amazon Web Services could be logical places for Block to end up — though they say that he's unlikely to make any such move for the next year or so. Oracle might be an unlikely choice: Salesforce CEO Marc Benioff gave Block a warm send-off — the kind of fond farewell he would be unlikely to give, were Block headed to Oracle, Sales...
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Salesforce made its upcoming Australian conference, which usually attracts tens of thousands, an online-only event due to coronavirus fears (CRM)

Salesforce announced last week that it is making its upcoming conference in Australia an all-virtual event, due to concerns over the coronavirus. The annual in-person event reportedly attracts tens of thousands of technology leaders from across the Asia-Pacific region.  Salesforce said it was taking these steps to ensure it is "taking every precaution to look after our customers, partners, and employees." Salesforce's Sydney conference joins many other tech conferences that have been canceled ...
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Marc Benioff says that coronavirus won't have a major impact on Salesforce's business because the company was built to withstand recessions and downturns (CRM)

CEO Marc Benioff said on an call with analysts Tuesday that he doesn't expect Salesforce's business to be affected by coronavirus. While Salesforce is watching what's happening with the coronavirus around the world, he and cofounder Parker Harris built a company that is able to withstand recessions and these kinds of crises, he said. Many of Salesforce's customers have signed long, multi-year contracts with the software maker, so the company is able to predict its revenue and growth far enough...
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Keith Block may have been the co-CEO of Salesforce, but he never got paid as much as fellow CEO Marc Benioff (CRM)

Keith's Block exit from Salesforce, 18 months after he was promoted to co-CEO, was a shocker.  Marc Benioff even wrote about his decision to promote Block to co-CEO in his recently released book "Trailblazer," saying he needed a partner who reported to the board and not to him. But in practice, Benioff still held the power in the company, and remains chairman of the board. And one indication of the unequal power can be seen in the pay between the two executives: While Block received a handsome...
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China's groundbreaking lunar rover found nearly 40 feet of dust on the far side of the moon

China landed a spacecraft called Chang'e 4 on the moon's far side in January 2019 — the first country ever to do so. The rover has measured a layer of lunar dust, or regolith, that's "quite thick": It extends 12 meters (39 feet) deep. The moon's dust caused problems for the Apollo missions, and understanding it better could help future spacecraft. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. The first rover ever to visit the far side of the moon has discovered a layer of lunar dust up ...
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This luxury hotel group, backed by a 'brain trust' of investors including ex-Uber CEO Travis Kalanick, is using 3D-printing to build hotels in months rather than years

Habitas is a luxury hotel group that uses 3D-printed technology to speed up the rate of construction of its hotels. The Tulum-based hotel startup leapfrogs the process of hiring a contractor, digging a foundation, and pouring in concrete. Instead, it assembles hotel rooms from flat-packed structures pre-assembled from 3D-printed materials.  The startup is betting that the development model - a relatively new innovation in construction tech - will give it a competitive edge in the hospitality i...
Tags: Mexico, Trends, Lego, Travis Kalanick, Ocado, Namibia, Bhutan, Tulum, Ripley, Tulum Mexico, Nast, Tim Steiner, Justin Mateen, Katerra, Habitas, Oliver Ripley


People are turning to Etsy for coronavirus-proof face masks, but it seems to be full of counterfeit antiviral gear that doesn't work

The demand for face masks and other preventive products have reached a fever pitch due to the coronavirus outbreak, and many are turning to e-commerce sites to make purchases. So many people are turning to Etsy that "face masks for germs" became one of the top searches, and more than 200 postings for face masks have sprung up in the past two days. Even as sites like Facebook and Amazon have added links and resources for learning more about COVID-19, Etsy has stayed quiet on any precautionary o...
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Microsoft says it won't meet its sales forecast for the upcoming quarter due to the impacts of coronavirus (MSFT)

Microsoft said it will fall short of its sales forecast for the upcoming quarter due to the continued spread of coronavirus. The "uncertainty related to the public health situation in China" has impacted Microsoft's Windows and Surface hardware businesses, Microsoft said. The forecasts for other parts of Microsoft's business are unchanged. Microsoft shares were down around 2 percent in after-hours trading following the announcement to around $167 per share. Meanwhile, Microsoft could be to m...
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26 tiny design features that show Apple's incredible attention to detail

Apple's fascination with detail presents itself in subtle ways throughout the company's product line, from the Mac to the iPhone and Apple Watch. Here's a look at our favorite design elements that highlight the company's close attention to detail. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. Thoughtful design has always been at the core of Apple's product development. Steve Jobs was especially keen on making products that are clean, friendly, and above all, simple to use — a set of pri...
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Microsoft says it won't meet its sales forecast for the upcoming quarter because of the impacts of the coronavirus (MSFT)

Microsoft said it would fall short of its sales forecast for the upcoming quarter because of the continued spread of the coronavirus. The "uncertainty related to the public health situation in China" has affected Microsoft's Windows and Surface hardware businesses, Microsoft said. The forecasts for other parts of Microsoft's business didn't change. Meanwhile, Microsoft could move the production of its Surface devices out of China because of the virus, according to a report from Nikkei Asian ...
Tags: Apple, Hong Kong, Microsoft, China, Satya Nadella, Trends, Nikkei Asian Review, Shanghai Taipei, China Microsoft, BI Prime Microsoft


Salesforce CEO Marc Benioff says that its $1 billion acquisition of startup Vlocity will help it pursue a sales strategy championed by outgoing co-CEO Keith Block

On Tuesday, Salesforce said it had acquired Vlocity, a startup that makes cloud and mobile software tailored to specific industries, for $1.33 billion. The news came the same day it announced co-CEO Keith Block was leaving the company. The acquisition of Vlocity will help Salesforce continue a sales strategy that focused on selling to specific industries, like finance, healthcare, and government — a strategy that Block first spearheaded. On a call with analysts after the earnings, Benioff said...
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The best Apple Watch

The Apple Watch is the best smartwatch we've ever tried, and the Series 5 is the latest and greatest model. If you want to save some money, the older Series 4 is still a great option — especially now that it's regularly discounted. You can get an excellent deal on the Series 3 too. We've had ours since it launched three years ago, and it's still going strong. For those who always want cutting-edge tech, it may be worth waiting until September, when the Apple Watch Series 6 is expected to launch...
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Workday canceled its internal sales conference, slated to have over 3,000 attendees, over coronavirus concerns

Workday has cancelled its annual internal sales conference due to fears of the coronavirus outbreak, according to a report from CNBC. It is now being turned into a virtual event, "out of an abundance of caution." Workday's event is just the latest in a slew of conferences that have been canceled because of fears over the coronavirus disease. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. Workday has canceled its annual internal sales conference due to fears of the coronavirus outbreak, a...
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From Salesforce to Disney, it's hard for some CEOs to say goodbye

Welcome to this week's edition of Trending, the newsletter where we highlight BI Prime's biggest tech stories. I'm Alexei Oreskovic, Business Insider's West Coast bureau chief and global tech editor. If this is your first time here, this is how you can get Trending in your inbox every week. This week: From the tower of Salesforce to the kingdom of magic, change is in the air Did someone make Tuesday the official day of CEO goodbyes? Within the span of minutes after the markets closed on Tuesda...
Tags: Amazon, New York, Microsoft, Satya Nadella, Disney, Trends, Linkedin, Tech, Walmart, Chicago, Bill Gates, Larry Ellison, Michael Dell, Dell, Iger, WeWork


Microsoft's big Windows reorg just went into effect — here are the 22 power players now running its Windows and cloud software businesses (MSFT)

Microsoft just underwent a big executive shake-up that went into effect on Tuesday, according to a memo obtained by Business Insider. Included in the reorganization are the executives behind Microsoft 365. Microsoft 365 is the bundle of business applications that includes the Office 365 productivity suite, collaboration tools like OneDrive and SharePoint, the Microsoft Teams chat app, and even the Windows 10 operating system itself. The Microsoft 365 bundle represents a huge portion of Microso...
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How to choose an SD card

  Forgetting an SD card is today's forgetting to load film in the camera — but today's SD cards can do so much more, from expanding the storage space on a smartphone to stashing a terabyte of files in a device not much bigger than your thumbnail. While essential for many devices, buying an SD card isn't always straightforward. There are different names, like SDHC and SDXC, and numbers for speed class and storage all mixed together in a jumble of technical jargon. The best SD card for one dev...
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Disney has a new CEO: Bob Chapek. Wall Street breaks down the former parks boss' strengths and weaknesses. (DIS)

Disney on Tuesday abruptly announced longtime Disney exec Bob Chapek as its new CEO, replacing Bob Iger, who is stepping into an executive chairman role until his planned retirement in 2020. While the investment community was somewhat blinded by the announcement, Wall Street analysts largely seem to believe that Disney made the best choice it could when faced with replacing a rockstar CEO during a tumultuous time for the company and industry.  Chapek has a reputation as a leader who gets thing...
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Who is Disney's new CEO Bob Chapek? Wall Street breaks down the former parks boss' strengths and weaknesses (DIS)

Disney on Tuesday abruptly announced longtime Disney exec Bob Chapek as its new CEO, replacing Bob Iger, who is stepping into an executive chairman role until his planned retirement in 2020. While the investment community was somewhat blinded by the announcement, Wall Street analysts largely seem to believe that Disney made the best choice it could when faced with replacing a rockstar CEO during a tumultuous time for the company and industry.  Chapek has a reputation as a leader who gets thing...
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The best headphone deals — save $200 on Sennheiser's Momentum 2 Wireless headphones

  Good-quality headphones can be expensive, but they often go on sale. We've rounded up the best headphone deals for February 2020. We'll update this list regularly with the top deals. Right now, the Sennheiser Momentum 2 Wireless are on sale for $199.95 — that's $200 off their original price. A great pair of headphones can change the way you listen to music. Sure, the random earbuds that you have in your bottom drawer may do the job just fine for some, but if you want to hear nuanced detail...
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San Francisco's housing crisis is so dire that some residents may not be able to follow CDC guidelines if the coronavirus becomes a pandemic

The coronavirus, known as COVID-19, began in China and has spread in Asia, the Middle East, and Europe, with 57 confirmed cases in the US. Cities are gearing up to address the potential spread of the virus. The mayor of San Francisco just declared a state of emergency in the city to prepare for a potential coronavirus outbreak. The WHO has yet to call the virus a pandemic, but it did say it has "pandemic potential." The CDC has its own recommendations to prepare a household in case of pandemic...
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How to sign out of the Kindle app on your mobile device

You can sign out of your Kindle app by accessing the settings to "Deregister this Kindle." You may want to sign out of your Kindle app if you need to log in with a different account, or no longer wish to access your books on a particular mobile device. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. Unfortunately, the Kindle app does not offer a simple sign out option — to log in with a new account you'll have to deregister your mobile device. To find this option, you'll have to access y...
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'What is Google Chrome Helper?': How to disable Google Chrome Helper if it's slowing down your browser

Google Chrome Helper is essentially the interface bridge that allows external plug-ins to work on your browser. You can disable Google Chrome Helper to try and offset any browser speed issues you're having with Google Chrome on your Mac or PC. The process for disabling Google Chrome Helper is somewhat complicated and requires you to go deep into your settings. Once you disable Google Chrome Helper, you'll have to manually enable plug-ins. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. C...
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Photos show what it's like to travel around the world by train, bus, boat, and plane in the age of coronavirus

The spread of the new coronavirus has affected travel throughout the world. The outbreak that originated in Wuhan, China, has killed 2,700 people and infected more than 81,000 according to recent totals. The virus can pass from person to person, and one of the most common ways is through public and semi-private transport. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. The death toll of the novel coronavirus that originated in Wuhan, China, is now more than 2,700, and the virus has infect...
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The head of SoftBank's $100 billion Vision Fund reportedly tried to lure another company executive into a sexual 'honey trap' in order to collect blackmail and secure his rise to CEO

Rajeev Misra, the head of SoftBank's $100 billion Vision Fund, reportedly tried to lure SoftBank's then-president into a "honey trap" in order to blackmail him with compromising sexual photos, according to a new report by The Wall Street Journal. The Journal report outlines Misra's "dark arts campaign" to sabotage two other SoftBank executives in the years leading up to his promotion to CEO of SoftBank's investing arm in 2017. Under Misra's leadership, the Vision Fund has poured billions into ...
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The head of SoftBank's $100 billion Vision Fund reportedly tried to lure another company executive into a sexual 'honey trap' to collect blackmail and secure his rise to CEO

Rajeev Misra, the head of SoftBank's $100 billion Vision Fund, allegedly oversaw a plan to lure SoftBank's then-president into a "honey trap" to blackmail him with compromising sexual photos, according to a new report by The Wall Street Journal. The Journal report said Misra had a "dark arts campaign" to sabotage two other SoftBank executives in the years leading up to his promotion to CEO of SoftBank's investing arm in 2017. Under Misra's leadership, the Vision Fund has poured billions into s...
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How to add Pandora to Alexa on your Amazon Echo speaker

You can add Pandora to Alexa on your Amazon Echo smart speaker and use it as the speaker's primary music streaming service. The default source of tunes on your Amazon Echo is Amazon Music, so when you ask Alexa to play a song or playlist it will usually come from Amazon Music. Even if you don't change the primary music streaming service on your Echo, you can still play content from Pandora by adding "on Pandora" at the end of your voice command. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stor...
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How to see your Airbnb rating for your listing and hosting experiences

You can easily see your Airbnb rating through your account page to track how your listing and hosting experiences are faring. The method you'll need to use will vary slightly depending on whether you use the site's traditional hosting tools or professional hosting tools. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. When you're in any kind of a service industry, ratings matter.  On Airbnb, guests can give ratings on cleanliness, value, accuracy of the listing, communication, check-in, ...
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